The stories of trees
“I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, The myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine And the box tree together,”
Isaiah 41:19 NKJV
This tree above in the north Georgia mountains is a sawtooth oak. It is native to Asia but has become invasive in Georgia. The tree is a symbol for protection and is often used for charcoal in Japanese tea ceremonies. In Georgia is a great addition to a butterfly garden and it has some pretty spectacular fall foliage.
When the scripture was written in Isaiah, God’s people were without a home. Their lives were in chaos. The last thing on their minds was about building a garden. And yet God reminds them that he can bring order out of chaos. He can make a beautiful garden in the wilderness. He can give us trees that are useful, beautiful, and life giving.
The Bible is often spoken about as “the stories of trees.” There are trees in the beginning stories and one at the end. There’s a tree used for punishment and trees used for symbols.
So the next time you see a tree, remember that God is in the details and just as he is concerned with the details of this tree, He’s also concerned for you.
Until Everyone Hears,
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”
Isaiah 41:10 NKJV